The Battle of the Populists
It was a funny week that passed by here in Brazil, in the wake of the implementation of the Chávez government decision not to renew the broadcasting license of Radio Caracas Television. The Brazilian Senate debated the issue in one of its sessions this week and decided to ask the Venezuelan regime to reconsider the decision. Chávez, in one of his more peculiar speeches, said Brazilian senators “are a parrot that repeats whatever Washington says”, and warned that “it’s easier for the Portuguese empire to retake Brazil than for Venezuela to return the television license which finished with Venezuela’s oligarchy”. As a result Lula decided to summon Venezuela’s ambassador in Brazil to explain Chávez’s comments, and that was the signal big media outlets were waiting for in order to spread the word about the much anticipated presidential clash.